Can problem-solving skills be nurtured? That’s a “yes” from me – and the “yes” comes after a lovely artsy morning that my daughter and I spent creating a miniature snow town from scrap. Cotton swabs, paints, paper rolls, glue, dried shells, old newspaper, medicine dropper caps and a shoe box cover made their way into our little world of art.
We ideated and decided on the placement of objects in our miniature snow town and my little girl got down to brass tacks (i would rather call it paint tacks). She carefully painted the dropper caps, drew ovals on the shells and held them delicately, painting the body of what would eventually turn into a penguin. In the middle of her concentration, her tiny hand lost grip and zipppp… the black paint slashed across the oval of the penguin’s white tummy in a thick black line.
Oops… i thought, all prepared to face an upset, crying child. But what a surprise! She turned to me and said, “Mamma, what do I do?” No way was I letting go of this opportunity to allow her to find a solution. So I asked in return, “Do you think you can make something of that? Else we can always paint it white, though that small part may look a bit grey.” The little painter sat quiet for while, turning the shell over her fingers and thinking of a solution. Suddenly she pipped, “Oh yes, I can paint a wing around it to show that it’s one wing is folded over its chest.”
That bright smile of joy on her face would have put a star to shame. And wasn’t I beaming with joy myself to watch my little one growing up with a mind of her own! The idea of making something meaningful out of an error, the thought behind rectifying an unforeseen mistake through a creative lens – this thought process has pretty much laid its foundation in finding meaningful solutions. How we further it is a new story altogether. But for now, we are all set to nurture this skill in a myriad ways.
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